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ALLEGED RAPE IN UNICAL: Our case against law professor, police, by parents of undergraduate

By Udeme Clement

The parents of a 400-level  female law undergraduate of the University of Calabar (UNICAL), whose test paper was allegedly torn by Cyril Osim Ndifon, a professor of law and suspended Dean of the Faculty, over sex related matters, have vowed to get justice for their daughter.

Sunday Vanguard gathered that the professor has been on suspension since September last year, following a petition to the then Vice Chancellor, Professor James Ekpoke, by the undergraduate who alleged she was raped by Ndifon in his private office, while recopying a test after her initial script had been allegedly torn by the professor.

Mr. and Mrs. Nkang blamed the police for failure to act when the matter was reported at the Airport Road Police Station, Calabar, on the day of the incident. “The police went to the scene six days after the report was lodged, at about 8 pm the following Thursday after the incident happened on Saturday, August 29, 2015. This indicates compromise by the police there”, said the parents. “The case was later moved to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Calabar.    Not satisfied with the handling of the matter at the State Police Headquarters, Diamond Hill, Calabar, an NGO, the Nigerian Feminist Group, moved the matter to the Force Headquarters, Abuja and they are yet to conclude and report on their investigations”, the Nkangs said.

The parents described their daughter as a very brilliant girl as proved by her academic records right from nursery school to the university, saying at point of entry into the university, she scored 306 in an aptitude test.

“Having listened to his own side of the story, the UNICAL authorities suspended Ndifon indefinitely for a number of reasons which include tearing the test script of our daughter under very suspicious circumstances; relocating the test venue of a single female student to his private office under the guise of getting her to recopy a test script he had earlier  torn and the allegation of sexual assault/rape against him”.

The parents also alleged: “It is also significant that   Ndifon is in possession of a purported police medical report form of the rape victim which he published when the police have not concluded  investigation and have not published the report of investigation. “These are the same allegations for which Professor Cyril Ndifon has been invited by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to defend himself. “Prof. Ndifon has commenced a fundamental right enforcement suit against I.C.P.C and the rape victim in the Federal High Court”.  The mother of the victim, who spoke to Sunday Vanguard, said she felt the pains of her daughter.

Also speaking with Sunday Vanguard, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the university, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, said, “The allegation by Ndifon that the university authority did not give him fair hearing is his own opinion. The university suspended him based on the facts presented before the Council.    Rape allegation, especially for a young undergraduate girl, is a serious issue. For a law professor of a university who ought to be training the youths for the future, to be involved in an allegation of rape is a very serious matter. The case is still under investigation and he must remain under suspension until he is found not guilty.”


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